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2002 News from Mecklenburg County
April 16, 2002


Charlotte, NC - The Mecklenburg County Fighting Back Program's Health Fair and Community Open House is Saturday, April 20, at the northwest campus of the Health Department at 2845 Beatties Ford Road. This event celebrates the completion of the Fighting Back program's newly renovated facility and also marks the season opening of its Neighborhood Farmers' Market.

The Fighting Back Health Fair is a family-oriented community event that offers activities aimed at reducing the demand for alcohol and other drugs and encourages healthy lifestyles. Organizers are specifically targeting the African-American and Latino communities in an effort to gauge community awareness and concerns related to specific health issues that affect these targeted populations.

Saturday's Health Fair includes free health screenings for blood pressure and cholesterol levels, mammograms, child immunizations and confidential HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. There will be 27 exhibits from a variety of Mecklenburg County programs and services, non-profit health agencies and private healthcare providers, as well as a number of community-based organizations. The Health Fair will also feature an array of entertainment from African dancers and drummers to gospel, jazz, pop and rhythm and blues acts. There will be plenty of carnival games, food and prizes for kids and adults.

"One of the strengths of this Health Fair is the partnership between the Mecklenburg County Health Department, the non-profit agencies and private-sector health care providers to present an educational and entertaining activity for their shared constituency-the residents of Mecklenburg County," says Hattie Anthony, director of the Fighting Back program.

The Health Fair runs from 10:00am - 4:00pm at the Mecklenburg County Health Department's northwest campus at 2845 Beatties Ford Road. The Neighborhood Farmer's Market opens at 7:00am and will be open every Saturday until October.

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